Mather Lodge in Petit Jean Park showed off its $8 million make-over.
"Even the oldest people in Morrilton remember coming up here," said Morrilton Mayor Stewart Nelson.
Nelson said it had not been easy turning visitors away from such a beloved destination, but that the renovations were well worth the wait.
really excited about getting it back," Mayor Nelson said.
There's a rich history attached to its name.
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's as a part of Franklin Delanor Roosevelt's "New Deal," the construction provided much-needed jobs during the great depression; while also enriching the Arkansas' natural beauty.
"Everyone's just so pleased with the architecture and the works-men ship," said Assistant Superintendent at Petit Jean Park.
This make-over put a modern twist to the timeless lodge by adding floor to ceiling windows in a portion attached to the original building, using the same materials to blend the old and the new.
"They just love how beautiful it turned out the woodwork, rock-work, all tied in the historical so well," said Caldwell, "It looks seamless."
The community in Conway County are hoping the peaceful destination in the State's most popular park will bring in tourists from around the country.
"Perfect weather," said Mayor Nelson. "Wonderful view it's a great place to be."
the amount of people who made it out this weekend is any indication,
by all accounts the make over of Mather Lodge has been a success.
If you're interested in making it up to the lodge, it's open 365 days a year including Christmas.